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England’s South African Woes

England’s South African Woes As we head into the third Test between the Springboks and the visiting England team, we already know that the series has been won by South Africa, which gives the home side an opportunity to relax...

It is still broken!

It is still broken! An Article by Mark Reason in New Zealand’s Stuff makes interesting reading. Those that read my article titled “It’s Broken” posted on the 30th May, in which I commented about the dysfunctionality of the Sanzaar Judicial system,...

Springboks vs England – Series Preview

Springboks vs England Series Preview   The sideshows are over; Super Rugby has hit the pause button; the utter waste of time in Washington DC is consigned to history in a file marked “Why?” and the real work of the month of...

It’s Broken!!

It's Broken!! Sanzaar’s Judicial Review System Is Broken!   Sanzaar’s Judicial Review system comes under the spotlight again. Their most recent forays into dispensing “justice” has again raised the hackles of rugby enthusiasts across the world. Wildly disparate sentences, strange decisions regarding a...

It’s Broken! Fix It!

It’s Broken! Fix It! When you see a storm brewing outside, when those heavy bellied purple clouds are stacking up, and the lightning is flashing continuously as the thunder gets louder and louder, closer and closer, you would be a...

Eddie’s Squad

Eddie’s Squad Eddie Jones has ignored the advices of the likes of Clive Woodward and Martin Johnson and gone ahead with the inclusion of Brad Shields in his 34-man squad to tour South Africa in June. Jones has included seven uncapped...

Eddie’s Conundrum, the World Aghast!

Eddie’s Conundrum, the World Aghast! Or: The Eddie & Brad Show!   Eddie Jones was hired to coach England to World Cup glory. Period. Anything else Eddie achieves is bye-the-bye – collateral success or collateral damage. It really does not matter, as long...

Quo Vadis, Stormers?

Quo Vadis, Stormers? Coaching Blues…. As the middle of the Super Rugby season passes us, and the final stretches of the competition loom, another season kicks off. It is the season of speculation. Speculation about coaches and their coaching futures. When results are poor,...

The Pick-a-Boks Show!

The Pick-a-Boks Show! It is that time of the year again! Winter is upon us, sneaking in through the wide open windows and doors of summer, tickling the base of your spine with tendrils of iciness that we all hoped would...

A Giant Awakening?

A Giant Awakening?   After the Pearl Harbour attack on 7th December 1941, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is frequently quoted as having said: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” There...

Cheating to Win

  Cheating to Win   The recent furore surrounding the Australian cricket team and their somewhat clumsy, amateurish even, attempts to cheat on the field pf play has occupied my mind during recent days. The rancour that has greeted the downfall of Australian...

Derby Dangers!

Derby Dangers!   The 18-team Super Rugby format of 2016 and 2017 was doomed from the very first. Too many teams, too many fixtures, too much travel, too many mediocre teams, and simply too much rugby. Spectators, fans, and even idle...

Israel’s Follies

  Israel’s Follies I wonder how Israel Folau will respond when Nigel Owens is appointed to referee a Test featuring Izzy in the colours of the Wallabies? I wonder what Michael Cheika will say if Owens is forced by on-field circumstance...
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Judicial Jokers

Judicial Jokers I have previously been strongly critical of Sanzaar’s judicial processes and the leniency of sanctions applied to those who transgress the rules and laws of the game of rugby. I have written about the issue on numerous occasions...

Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude   (Schadenfreude: the experience of pleasure, joy, or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles, failures, or humiliation of another.) The sports loving world is indulging in an orgy of Schadenfreude at the moment. The Australian cricket team have...

Rugby in the Age of Technology.

Rugby in the Tech Age.   Once upon a time, in a land far far away, there was a game. A sport, and they called it rugby. Rugby was a simple game, played on green fields and open spaces, hard baked...

RUGBY LAW CHANGES: SEASON 2017/8

RUGBY LAW CHANGES: SEASON 2017/8 (With thanks to Sam and his fellow bloggers at RugbyStore.co.uk) Here is a link y'all might like to try: Some friends from up north have gone to an enormous amount of trouble to analyse and explain the...

Where Is Average Joe?

  Where is Average Joe? Thoughts About The Game Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing Where have all the flowers gone Long time ago Where have all the flowers gone Girls have picked them every one When will they every learn? When will they every learn? Pete...

The Sunwolves. An Exercise in Futility?

The Sunwolves. An Exercise in Futility? What exactly are SANZAAR trying to achieve with the Sunwolves? We were told that SANZAAR wanted to promote and support the development of rugby in Japan. We were told that they wanted to gain a foothold...

Err, Just a couple of questions, Rassie…

Err, Just a couple of questions, Rassie… An open letter to Rassie Erasmus. Hi Rassie, Congratulations! There are many of us that are very pleased with your appointment as Director of Rugby at SA Rugby, and as successor to Allister Coetzee as...

The Not-So-Secret Secret is Out!

The Not-So-Secret Secret is Out! Rassie Erasmus is the new Bok coach. Johan (Rassie) Erasmus was born in the town of Despatch, an industrial town neighbouring Port Elizabeth, some 45 years ago. He is one of many sporting greats to...

Uncontested Scrums: The Law Clarified

  Uncontested Scrums: The Law Clarified The 2018 version of the Rugby Law Book might have been edited and simplified but. In truth, those simplifications are merely cosmetic and/or grammatical. The Laws might be easier to read, but that does not...

How Low Can You Go?

How Low Can You Go? Last Saturday I watched rugby ethics sink to a new low. France’s replacement scrumhalf, Antoine Dupont, went down with what appeared to be a knee injury. He, without any assistance from anyone, started pointing at his...

Open Forum 23/1/2018 (UPDATE) – Have your say Here

Hello! Look over to your right under your login options you'll see our newly added forum index (We're calling it 'The Clubhouse') There you find 'The Scrum' where you can open any topics and comment on other's. Subject to...

Mike Brown A Bit Miffed!

Mike Brown A Bit Miffed! England’s Mike Brown has hit back at the fan who abused him and Joe Marler following England’s defeat in the second Test in Bloemfontein. Brown and Marler were confronted after the game by an irate England supporter...

The Mallett/Botha/Willemse Saga

  The Mallett/Botha/Willemse Saga I have mostly refrained from public comment about the in-studio spat between Ashwin Willemse and his fellow SuperSport presenters, Naas Botha and Nick Mallett. I did not see it happen as I tend to avoid the after-game...

Test Match Review – 2nd Test – 16th June, 2018 – Argentina 12...

Test Match Review Argentina vs Wales 16th June, 2018 Final Score: Argentina 12 – Wales 30. Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa) Assistant referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Andrew Brace (Ireland) Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa)   I recorded this game to watch at my leisure after all other chores...

Test Match Review – 16th June, 2018 – Australia 21...

Test Match Review Australia vs Ireland 16th June, 2018 Final Score: Australia 21 – Ireland 26 Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand) Assistant referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa) Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)   interesting Test as Ireland fought back after last week’s loss,...

Rest in Peace Syd Nomis

Rest in Peace Syd Nomis “Sydee……. Sydee……. Sydee……..” The voice of Afrikaans radio commentator Gerhard Viviers is forever burnt into the memory of older South Africans as they remember Syd Nomis. That was way back in 1970. Brian Lochore’s All Blacks...

Test Match Review – 16th June, 2018 – New Zealand 26 – France 13

Test Match Review New Zealand vs France 16th June, 2018 Final Score: New Zealand 26 – France 13   Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia) Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Luke Pearce (England) Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia) “Oy Vey! A Test Match between New Zealand and France, and what happens? Somewhat...

Test Match Review – 2nd Test – 16th June, 2018 – South Africa...

Test Match Review South Africa vs England 2nd Test 16th June, 2018 Final Score: South Africa 23 – England 12.   Referee: Romain Poite (France) Assistant Referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand) TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)   Somehow, when last weekend’s confrontational approach and off the ball niggle did...

Test Match Preview – Second Test – ARGENTINA vs WALES

Test Match Preview Second Test ARGENTINA VS WALES Venue: Estadio Brigadier Estanislao López, Santa Fe Local time kick off 16:40, 19:40 GMT, SA Time – 21:40 Argentina vs Wales at Estadio Brigadier Lopez, Santa Fe Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa) Assistant referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Andrew Brace (Ireland) Television match...

Test Match Preview – Second Test – SOUTH AFRICA vs ENGLAND

Test Match Preview Second Test SOUTH AFRICA VS ENGLAND Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Local time Kick off 17:05, 15:05 GMT, SA Time – 17:05 Referee: Romain Poite (France) Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand) Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland) Weather Forecast:   This is probably going...

Test Match Preview – Second Test – AUSTRALIA vs IRELAND

Test Match Preview Second Test AUSTRALIA VS IRELAND AAMI Park, Melbourne Local time kick off 20:00, 10:00 GMT, SA Time – 12:00 Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand) Assistant referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa) Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand) Weather Forecast:   I watched the first...

Test Match Preview – Second Test – NEW ZEALAND vs FRANCE

Test Match Preview Second Test NEW ZEALAND VS FRANCE Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington Local time kick off 19:35, 07:35 GMT, SA Time – 09:35 New Zealand vs France at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia) Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Luke Pearce (England) Television match official: George...

1968 British Lions Reunion in South Africa

  1968 British Lions Reunion in South Africa Rugby has gained a lot from professionalism, of that there is no doubt. The game is faster, with skill levels undreamed of in previous years. The collisions are enormous, the physicality beyond anything...

Are The All Blacks Treated Differently?

Are The All Blacks Treated Differently? Feeling the heat? When the All Black coaching team feel the need to comment about allegations of double standards and refereeing leniency towards their team, you know that a nerve has been touched. Both Steve...

Earlier and Uninterrupted: Super Rugby 2019

Earlier and Uninterrupted: Super Rugby 2019 2019 is a Rugby World Cup year. During RWC years there are no incoming tours to the southern hemisphere during the usual June International season. This affords Super Rugby the opportunity to get the...

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